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Series/Special. (2012) The 2012 Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, N.C. (CC) (Stereo)

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  CNN    Democratic National Convention    Series/Special.  (2012) The 2012 Democratic  
   National Convention from Charlotte, N.C. (CC) (Stereo)  

    September 5, 2012
    10:00 - 12:00am PDT  

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the president is a servant of today. but his true constituency is the future. >> america is the future that each generation must enlarge. >> because this election is not about ideology. it's about confidence. >> i still believe in a place called hope. >> and i stand here tonight as my own man, and i want ow to know me for who i truly am. >> i'm john kerry, and i'm reporting for duty.
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>> america, we cannot turn back, not with so much work to be done. >> this is cnn. >> thanks for joining us, a big night here in charlotte, north carolina, day two of the democratic national convention. all this hour, we'll be bringing you the highlights. we begin with the biggest speech of the night from former president bill clinton. take a look. >> we are here to nominate a president. and i've got one in mind. i want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. i want to nominate a man who ran for president to change the course of an already weak economy. and then just six weeks before his election, suffered the
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biggest collapse since the great depression. a man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on the long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs that he saved or created, there would still be millions more waiting. worried about feeding our own kids, trying to keep their hopes alive. i want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside. [ applause ] >> but who burns for america on the inside. [ applause ] >> i want a man who believes with no doubt that we can build a new american dream commerce driven by innovation and creativity, by education and yes, by cooperation.
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and by the way, after last night, i want a man who had the good sense to marry michelle obama. [ applause ] >> i want barack obama to be the next president of the united states, and i proudly nominate him to be the standard bearer of the democratic party. now, folks, in tampa a few days ago, we heard a lot of talk, all about how the president and the democrats don't really believe in free enterprise and
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individual initiative, how we want everybody to be dependent on the government, how bad we are for the economy. this republican narrative, its alternative universe says that every one of us in this room who amounts to anything, we're all completely self-made. one of the greatest chairmen the democratic party ever had, bob strauss, used to say that every politician wants every voter to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself. but as strauss then admitted, it ain't so. we democrats, we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities for poor folks to work their way into it, where the relentless focus on the future with business and
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government actually working together to promote growth and broadly share prosperity. you see, we believe that we're all in this together is a far better philosophy than you're on your own! [ applause ] >> who is right? well, since 1961, for 52 years now, the republicans have held the white house 28 years, the democrats 24. in those 52 years, our private economy has produced 66 million private sector jobs. so what's the job score?
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republicans 24 million, democrats 42! [ applause ] >> one of the main reasons we ought to re-elect president obama, is that he is still committed to constructive cooperation. look at his record. look at his record. he appointed republican secretaries of defense, the army and transportation. he appointed a vice president who ran against him in 2008. and he trusted that vice president to oversee the success to end the war in iraq and the implementation of the recovery act. and joe biden did a great job
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with both! [ applause ] >> now, president obama appointed several members of his cabinet even though they supported hillary in the primary. heck, he even appointed hillary. [ applause ] >> now, wait a minute. i am very proud of her. i am proud of the job she and the national security team have done for americans.
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i am grateful that they have worked together to make it safer and stronger to build a world with more partners and fewer enemies. i am grateful for the relationship of respect and partnerships she and the president have enjoyed and the signal that sends to the rest of the world that democracy does not have to be a blood sport, it can be an honorable enterprise that advances the public interest. [ applause ] >> president obama's whole record on national security is a tribute to his strength, to his judgment and to his preference for inclusion and partnership over partisanship. we need more of it in washington, d.c. [ applause ] >> we all know he tried to work with congressional republicans on health care, debt reduction and new jobs.
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that didn't work out so well. but it could have been because as the senate republican leader said in a remarkable moment of candor, two full years before the election, their number one priority was not to put america back to work, it was to put the president out of work. [ applause ] >> well, wait a minute. senator, i hate to break it to you, but we're going to keep president obama on the job! [ applause ] >> now, were you ready for that? are you willing to work for it?
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[ crowd chanting four more years ] >> in tampa, did you all watch the convention? i did. in tampa, the republican argument against the president reelection was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. it went something like this. we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. now, but they did it well. they looked good, they sounded good, they convinced me that they all love their families and their children and were grateful they were born in america and -- really, they did.
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and this is important. they convinced me they were honorable people who believe what they said and they're going to keep every commitment they've made. we just have to make sure the american people know what those commitments are. because in order to look like an acceptable, reasonable, moderate alternative to president obama, they just didn't say very much about the ideas they've offered over the last two years. they couldn't, because they want to go back to the same old policies that got us in trouble in the first place. they want to cut high taxes for americans even more than president bush did. they want to get rid of those pesky financial implications that caused a crash, and prohibit future bailouts. they want to increase spending $2 billion more than what the
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pentagon has requested, without saying what they'll spend it on. and they want to make enormous cuts in the budget especially those that help the middle class and poor children. as one president once said, there they go again. [ applause ] >> now, i like the argument for president obama's re-election a lot better. here it is. he inherited a deeply damaged economy. he put a floor under the crash. he began the long, hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a moderate, more well balanced economy, that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses and lots of wealth for innovators. now, are we where we want to be today?
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no. is the president satisfied? of course not. but are we better off than we were when he took office? [ applause ] >> listen to this. listen to this. everybody's forgotten, when president barack obama took office, the economy was in free fall. it had just shrunk 9 full percent of gdp. we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. are we doing better than that today? the answer is yes. now, look, here's the challenge he faces and the challenge all of you who support him face. i get it, i know it, i've been there. a lot of americans are still angry and frustrated about this economy. if you look at the numbers, you
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know employment is growing, banks are beginning to lend again, and in a lot of places, housing prices even began to pick up. but too many people do not feel it yet. i had this same thing happen in 1994 and early '95. we could see that the policies were working, that the economy was growing, but most people didn't feel it yet. thankfully, by 1996, the economy was roaring, everybody felt it, and we were halfway through the longest peace time expansion in the history of the united states. but -- [ applause ] >> wait, wait. the difference this time is purely in the circumstances. president obama started with a much weaker economy. listen to me now, no
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president -- no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years. [ applause ] >> now, but -- he has the foundation for a new modern, successful economy, a shared prosperity. if you renew the president's contract, you will feel it. you will feel it. folks, whether the american people believe what i just said or not may be the whole election. i just want you to know i believe it. with all my heart, i believe it.
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we believe in the government of the many, not the privileged few. when you go to the polls, vote for democracy. vote for president barack obama. >> house minority leader nancy pelosi at the convention tonight. now, more of former president clinton's speech. >> now, that brings me to health care. and the republicans call it, did derisively obama care. they say if we deselect it, they'll repeal it. let's take a look at what's happened so far.
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first, individuals and businesses have already gotten more than a billion dollars in refunds from insurance companies because it requires 85% of your premium to go to your health care, nonprofits or promotion. the gains are even greater than that because a bunch of insurance companies have applied to lower their rates to comply with the requirement. second, more than three million young people between 19 and 25 are insured for the first time because their parents' policies can cover them. third, millions of seniors are receiving preventive care all the way from breast cancer screenings to tests for heart problems and scores of other things. and younger people are getting them too. fourth, soon the insurance companies -- not the government,
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the insurance companies -- will have millions of new customers, many of them middle class people with preexisting conditions who never could get insurance before. [ applause ] >> now, finally, listen to this. for the last two years after going up at three times the rate of inflation for a decade, the last two years health care costs have been under 4% in both years for the first time in 50 years. [ applause ] >> so, let me ask you something, are we better off because president obama fought for health care reform? you bet we are! now, there were two other attacks on the president in tampa that i think deserve an answer.
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first, both governor romney and congressman ryan attacked the president for allegedly robbing medicare. of $716 billion. that's the same attacks they leveled against the congress in 2010. and they got a lot of votes on it. but it's not true. look, here's what really happened. you be the judge. here's what really happened. there were no cuts to benefits at all. none. what the president did was to save money by taking the recommendations of a commission of professionals to cut unwarranted subsidies to providers and insurance companies that were not making people healthier and were not necessary to get the providers to provide the service. and instead of raiding medicare,
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he used the savings to closed doughnut hole in the medicare drug program. [ applause ] >> then -- you all have to listen carefully to this, this is very important, to add eight years to the medicare trust fund program so it is solvent until 2024. [ applause ] >> so president obama and the democrats didn't weaken medicare, they strengthened medicare. now, when congressman ryan looked into that tv camera and attacked president obama's medicare savings as, quote, the biggest, coldest power play, i didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
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because that $716 billion is exactly to the dollar the same amount of medicare savings that he had in his own budget! you got to admit one thing, it takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did. [ applause ] >> now, you're having a good time, but this is getting serious. i want you to listen. it's important. because a lot of people believe this stuff. now, at least on this issue, on this one issue, governor romney
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has been consistent. he attacked president obama, too, but he actually wants to repeal those savings and give the money back to the insurance company. he wants to go back to the old system which means we'll reopen the donut hole for seniors to pay more for drugs and we'll reduce the life of the medicare trust fund by eight full years. so if he's elected, and if he does what he promised to do, medicare will now go broke in 2016. think about that. that means after all we won't have to wait until the bouncer voucher program kicks in in 2023 to siee the end of medicare as e know it. they're going to do it to us
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sooner than we thought. my fellow americans, all of us in this grand hall and everybody watching at home, when we vote in this election, we'll be deciding what kind of country we want to live in. if you want a winner take all, you're on your own society, you should support the republican ticket. but if you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, a we're all in this together society, you should vote for barack obama and joe biden. if you want america -- if you want every american to vote and you think it is wrong to change voting procedures, just to
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reduce the turnout of younger, poorer, minority and disabled voters, you should support barack obama. and if you think -- if you think the president was right to open the doors of american opportunity to all those young immigrants brought here when they were young so they can serve in the military or go to college, you must vote for barack obama! if you want a future of shared prosperity where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the american dream is really alive and well again, and where the united states maintains its leadership as a force for peace and justice
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and prosperity in this highly competitive world, you have to vote for barack obama. [ applause ] >> look, i love our country so much, and i know we're coming back. for more than 200 years through every crisis, we've always come back. people have predicted our demise ever since george washington was criticized for being a mediocre surveyor with a bad set of wooden false teeth. and so far, every single person that's bet against america has lost money, because we always come back. we come through every fire a little stronger and a little better. and we do it because in the end we decide to champion the cause for which our founders pledged
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their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor. the cause of forming a more perfect union. my fellow americans, if that is what you want, if that is what you believe, you must vote and you must reelect president barack obama! god bless you and god bless america! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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ovarian and uterine cancers are gynecologic cancers. symptoms are not the same for everyone. i got sick...and then i got better. also at the podium, elizabeth warren, running for senator in massachusetts. take a look. >> i'm here tonight to talk about hardworking people, people who get up early, stay up late, cook dinner and help out with homework. people who can be counted on to help their parents, their kids,
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their neighbors and a lady down the street whose car broke down. the game is rigged against them. it wasn't always this way. like a lot of you, i grew up in a family on the ragged edges of the middle class. my daddy sold carpeting and i ended up a maintenanceman. after he had a heart attack, my mama worked on the phones at sears so we could hang up our hats. my brothers served in the military. one was career, the second a good union job in construction. and the third started a small business. me, i was waiting tables at 13 and married at 19. i graduated from public schools and taught elementary school. i have a wonderful husband, two great children and three beautiful grandchildren. and i'm grateful down to my toes for every opportunity that
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america gave me. this is a great country. i ew up in an america that invested in its kids and built a strong middle class that allowed millions of children to rise from poverty and establish secure lives. an america that created social security and medicare so that seniors could live with dignity. an america in which each generation built something solid so that the next generation could build something better. but now for many years, our middle class has been chipped, squeezed and hammered. talk to the construction worker i met from malden, massachusetts, who went nine months without finding work.
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talk to the head of the manufacturing company in franklin trying to protect jobs but worried about rising costs. talk to the student in worcester who worked hard to finish his degree. and now he's drowning in debt. their fight is my fight, and it's barack obama's fight, too. that's right. yes. people feel like the system is rigged against them. and here's the painful part. they're right. the system is rigged. look around. oil companies guzzle down billions in profits. billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. and wall street ceos, the same ones who wrecked our economy and
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destroyed millions of jobs, still strut around congress no shame, demanding favors and acting like we should thank them. does anyone here have a problem with that? well, i do, too. i do, too. i talked to small business owners all across massachusetts, and not one of them, not one, made big bucks from the risky bets that brought down our economy. i talked to nurses and programmers, salespeople and firefighters, people who bust their tails every day and not one of them, not one, stashes their money in the cayman islands to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. >> these folks don't resent that someone else made more money. we're americans. we celebrate success.
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we just don't want the game to be rigged. the republican vision is clear, i got mine, the rest of you are on your own. republicans will say they don't believe in government. sure, they do. they believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends. after all, mitt romney is the guy who said, corporations are people. no, governor romney, corporations are not people. people have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. they live, they love, and they die.
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and that matters. [ applause ] >> that matters. that matters because we don't run this country for corporations. we run it for people. and that's why we need barack obama. [ applause ] >> president obama believes in a level playing field, he believes in a country where nobody gets a free ride or a golden parachute. a country where anyone who has a great idea and rolls up their sleeves has a chance to build a business. and anyone who works hard can build some security and raise a family. president obama believes in a country where billionaires pay their taxes just like their secretaries do. and i can't believe i have to
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say this in 2012. a country where women get equal pay for equal work. [ applause ] >> so let me ask you -- let me ask you, america, are you ready to answer this call? [ applause ] >> are you ready to fight for good jobs and a strong middle class? are you ready to work for a level playing field? are you ready to prove to another generation of americans that we can build a better country and a newer world? joe biden is ready. barack obama is ready. i'm ready. you're ready. thank you. god bless you.
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major topic at the convention has been president obama's decision to bail out the auto industry. tonight we heard from bob king, president of the united autoworkers. >> some of america's dark et days since the great depression, and in the face of tremendous political venom, president obama met the test of moral character.
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he stood up for -- not what was popular and easy, but for what was right. he stood for and with american workers, not just autoworkers, but a million workers in towns all across america. who if the industry went under, would not be able to put food on the table. we all remember what those days were like when president obama took office. workers waiting anxiously as their companies announced layoffs. banks refusing to loan. car sales were collapsing. it wasn't just auto companies that were struggling to survive, so were those companies making
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parts and selling cars. small businesses that relied on autoworkers as customers like diners and barber shops closed down. unfortunately, most republicans advocated doing nothing. what did mitt romney say? you all know this, he said, let detroit go bankrupt. in strong contrast, president obama took action, putting together a rescue team, dion madding real change and real sacrifice from everyone involved. from management, from labor, from suppliers, from debt holders, from dealers, everybody involved. it was not universally popular,
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but it was absolutely right. president obama's strong leadership saved a million jobs. since june of 2009, this industry has added a quarter of a million jobs. and the auto industry is thriving again. these are good middle class jobs in glass, plastics and steel. jobs making things for an economy built to last. and mitt romney's record, at bain capital, the corporate buyout firm he founded too often has made their money not by
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building companies up, but by taking them apart. and too often the workers ended up in the streets even as romney and his partners made millions of dollars. because of president obama's moral courage and leadership, america's auto industry is roaring again, leading the american economic recovery. an industry we once called the arsenal democracy is driving us to new prosperity. this november america faces a clear choice about what kind of country we want to be. the choice for working families is clear. we must re-elect president barack obama. coming up, the attorney and
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mr. romney and mr. ryan are campaigning for women's votes by saying women need their help. okay. this is coming from two men who are committed to ending insurance coverage for birth control. who would turn women's health care decisions over to our bosses and who won't even stand up for equal pay for women. as my grandmother back in texas would have said,ny i'm to take . >> that was cecile richard, president of the planned parenthood of america. there's been a lot of talk about republicans waging a war on women. whether you agree with that or not, the numbers show a double-digit gender gap between romney and the president.
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tonight's program included several female speakers including sandra fluke. if her name sounds familiar, remember rush limbaugh called her a slut after giving a speech to house democrats on contrac t contracepti contraceptives. >> during this campaign we've heard about two profoundly different futures that cod await women in this country, and how one of those futures looks like an offensive obsolete relic of our past. warnings of that future are not distractions, they are not imagined, that future could become real. in that america, your new president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs.
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a man who won't stand up to those slurs or any voices in his own party. it would be an america in which you have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms. an america in which they hue humiliate women by facing us to endure invasive ultrasounds that we don't want. and our doctors say we don't need. an america in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it. an america in which politicians
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redefine rape. and victims are victimized all over again. in which someone decides which domestic violence victims deserves access to services and which don't. we know what this america would look like. and in a few short months, that's the america that we could be. but that's not the america that we should be, and it's not who we are! [ applause ] >> we've also seen another america that we could choose. in that america, we would have the right to choose. it's an america in which no one can charge us more than men for the exact same health insurance.
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in which no one can deny us affordable access to the cancer screenings that could save our lives. in which we decide when it start our families. an america in which our president, when he hears that a young woman has been verbally attacked thinks of his daughters, not his delegates or his donors. and in which our president stands with all women and strangers come together and reach out and lift her up. and then instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here.
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[ applause ] >> and you give me this microphone to amplify our voice. [ applause ] >> that's the difference. i was talking to my best friend. i told her i wasn't feeling like myself... i had pain in my pelvic area... and bleeding that wasn't normal for me. she said i had to go to the doctor. turned out i had uterine cancer,
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that does it for this hour, much more ahead from here in charlotte. stay with cnn. a long, emotional night that began in controversy is now ending in unity for the democrats here in charlotte, north carolina. delegates to the democratic national convention are renominating president barack obama after cheering a long and
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electrifying speech by former president bill clinton. >> point by point, he talked about moments at the convention last week in tampa. >> in tampa, the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple. pretty snappy. it went something like this. he left it a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up so fast, so fire him and put us back in. now, but they did it well, they looked good, they sounded good. they convinced me that they all love their families and their children, and were grateful they had been born in america. really, i'm not -- they did. and this is important. they convinced me they were
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honorable people who believed what they said. and they're going to keep every commitment they've made. we just have to make sure the american people know what those commitments are. because in order to look like an acceptable, reasonable, moderate alternative to president obama, they just didn't say very much about the ideas they've offered over the last two years. they couldn't. because they want to go back to the same old policies that got us in trouble in the first place. they want to cut taxes for high income americans, even more than president bush did. they want to get rid of those pesky financial regulations designed to prevent another crash and prohibit future bailouts. they want to actually increase defense spending over a decade, $2 trillion more than the pentagon has requested. without saying what they'll spend it on. and they want to make enormous cuts in the rest of the budget. especially programs that help
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the middle class and poor children. as another president once said, there they go again. now -- [ applause ] >> a lot of references in his speech, both subtle and direct of former republican president, ronald reagan. after clinton spoke, president obama came out on stage, the two men shared a hug, appreciation for a speech that may have gone a long way in helping obama's campaign. a lot to talk about, quick reactions from our panelists. in terms of the top takeaway from tonight, john? >> he knows how to frame an argument, he knows how to make a case. he has great passion and a folksy manner that president obama sometimes fails to do. president clinton's record as president made the argument powerful. >> we spent both of these
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conventions talking about how the candidates needed to be humanized by their spouses or whatever. you look at bill clinton, he's someone who talks about policy from his heart. and that is something he lived and he lived it when he was president. agree or disagree, this is a man who loves the journey of ideas, loves thinking about it, loves talking about it. and nobody else can drill down on the substance and tell a story the way he did. >> i was struck just by how -- four years ago, this was a man who was campaigning vigorously for his wife, saying some very tough things about then candidate obama, not making the obama happy. four years later, he's playing a critical role for the obama election. >> look at the party tonight, it's a party that's more energetic, a party that's diverse, a party that's going to work overtime to help re-elect president obama. you know, we had a very difficult moment in 2008. it was two wonderful incredible candidates fighting against each other, but they came together and they're still together
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tonight. bill clinton once again validating president obama as someone who is up to the job in getting america back on -- >> they're not hanging out tonight having a beer together. they've gone their separate ways. >> it depends on the recipe, as you know. >> carly fiorina? >> i agree, i think bill clinton is an incredibly skillful and fantastic storyteller. and we heard a story, just in that little clip that you played. his story was, that all the problems were caused by republicans for the last eight years. it was bill clinton that signed financial deregulation. it was democrats who stood in opposition to reigning in fannie mae and freddie mac which helped create the mortgage crisis. so he told a great story. the problem is, he used some facts that helped him, and ignored some facts that didn't help him, it was vintage clinton, it was great to watch. it was a great story. >> i'd like to go back to what i said last night, the democrats have now had two very good --
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surprisingly strong nights. >> they stumble over the platform, you think -- >> there was a stumble tonight, it had a slow start tonight, it was quiet. but they ended on a -- they had a tremendous finish. if barack obama tomorrow night can make it three for three, they could break out in this election. they've been trying to do that. the dynamics have been steady all along, they have a chance. i think they have a chance -- >> you've seen bounces before for democrats that then have faded away. >> it's been a while. bill clinton has a bit of a balance to carry the bush race, they both have eight points, they matched up. because of the polarization, the cable era, the blogosphere, president obama just got two points four years ago against john mccain. most of us knew it was a democratic year. you sort of knew it, here's my big question, i think david's right, they've had a very good show. carly rightfully points to the
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questions bill clinton made. if you have three good nights, my question is, what happens over breakfast friday morning. the government will release the latest unemployment report. that could be a 2x4, if it's positive and they have three good nights, they may get the glide past. if it's negative it's going to take the air out of the balloon. >> people's ideas on the economy is already cooked. there's not going to be anything so surprising that's going to change what people think -- >> in that small slice that's available. in all these speeches, all this money, all this coverage, it's about this tiny percentage of people in eight states. if they start to come over and get whacked with a bad economic report. >> let's go to wolf blitzer on the floor. >> they're only about 100 votes away from -- it's not a huge surprise, barack obama clinching the democratic nomination behind us, the role call is continuing. kate bolduan is on the floor. i want to go right to kate, what do you have? >> minnesota --
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>> it doesn't look like we've connected with kate right there. they're getting ready to clinch this, there's senator klobuchar of minnesota. they're almost there. it's all but official that this nomination has been clinched. it's a procedural thing, they have to do it to make it legal. jessica yellin is here, candy crowley, let's listen as they go over the top. >> you will understand when mississippi passes at this point for ohio. >> thank you, mississippi. mississippi passes to ohio. ohio, you have 191 votes. >> thank you, alice. madam secretary. i'm chris redford, chairman of the ohio democratic party. ohio -- ohio, from putin bay to
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portsmouth. ohio the battleground state. ohio, the state that elects presidents as we did in 2008. ohio, the home of american heroes, and american icons. the home of neil armstrong and john glenn. the home of senator sherrod brown and governor ted strickland. and ohio, in spite of mitt romney's efforts, the home of the chevy cruz and chrysler jeep and 850,000 american jobs. ohio, madam secretary casts all 188 votes for the president and the next president of the united states, barack obama. >> thank you, mr. chairman. ohio casts 188 votes for barack obama. >> that's not a surprise, ohio,
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not a surprise at all. that ohio puts president obama over the top. those who are remaining here, the delegates and the guests are cheering because he now once again officially is the democratic presidential nominee, so they can move forward on this. it's not going to be a surprise, jessica, and candy. you know what, i believe that joe biden will get the vice presidential nomination later tonight as well. >> this arena is about one third as full as it will be for his speech. >> hold on a second. we'll get that microphone of yours working. we're not hearing you. biden will get the official vice presidential nomination tomorrow. jessica, give me a takeaway of what has really stuck out in your mind as a result of what we've seen on this second day of the democratic convention. >> well, former president clinton had a three-fold mission to energize the party base, to draw a strong distinction for the democrats and republicans,
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and to sort of establish president obama's credibility on his economic vision. that was his challenge. obviously he met the challenge. as we've been saying, it's up to president obama to make his own case tomorrow night. i think questioning whether he'll give a good speech is silly. we know president obama can give a good speech. will he embrace simpson-bowles tomorrow night? no, they've been very clear, that's not a position they're going to take. he says it's more extreme than sequestration. but the question is, what happens in the coming days? so i think you can expect a strong speech. and the case the president clinton has laid out, it will be interesting to see if president obama picks up on some of these themes. >> candy, give me a takeaway, what do you think? >> i think that bill clinton did a lot of things that president obama cannot in some cases and will not do tomorrow night. it was defensive of the obama
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record, which now he doesn't need to do. it was wildly aggressively partisan, even though it was cloaked in that oh, i like the bushes and i worked with reagan, and then he just smash mouth. i mean, was a pretty aggressive partisan speech. president obama doesn't have to do that tomorrow night. what does it free the president up to do? it frees him up to do what he does best, which is that rhetoric, and the flourishing. he can move forward. because bill clinton has done the smashing, he's done the defensiveness, and now barack obama can come in here and do what he does best. >> two for two as david gergen says. michelle obama did a great job last night for the president. bill clinton did a great job tonight. tomorrow night, it's up to the president of the united states to do a great job for himself. president obama certainly has some hard acts to follow when he speaks to this convention tomorrow night. can he live up to the speeches given by his wife, by the former
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we believe that we're all in this together is a far better philosophy than, you're on your own. >> former president bill clinton electrifying the crowd here at the democratic national convention earlier this evening. the crowds have largely gone away, the role call is still
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underway. a number of people do remain here, the bars and restaurants in this area are filling up, people trying to make their way back to the hotels. some of them staying very far away as we continue to watch the roll call, though. let's check in with piers morgan, who's at the cnn grill. piers, take it away. >> thanks, anderson. there's a buzz here, guys after what was an extraordinary speech. what did you make of it? we got two ends of the spectrum here. former george bush speaker and you. to me, that was pound for pound, dollar for dollar, one of the great modern political speeches i've ever heard. >> yeah, this guy, 20 years plus i've been with president clinton, he continues to amaze me, he continues to raise the bar. he never calls it a speech, like when he's like work on it with his staff. he always calls it a talk. he does not like the lift and loft and grandeur that i hope
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we'll see tomorrow from president obama. they're sort of the yin and yang of the democratic party. he was both wonky and emotion will. it's very hard to do both. i think if you can make substance riveting, you are doing a great job. >> a great tweet coming from the washington post, he had 3,136 words prepared, he delivered 5,895, including audience applause. classic bill clinton. go with the flow, ad lib. i mean, the teleprompter froze at one point, he carried on. >> it was ad libbed, but also deeply considered. clinton put his finger on the h-bomb of this election, and that is the issue of nursing homes. the ryan/romney plan proposes to hold harmless people who are seniors or over 55 from any cuts to medicare. seniors vote in enormous numbers. it might seem like they have nothing to worry about.
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but the ryan/romney plan proposes to make big cuts in medicaid, that is the program that increasingly pays for more and more of nursing home care. by talking about nursing homes, clinton put the senior vote back in contention. by reminding them of their fears. before people congratulate bill clinton too much for the speech, and it was a good speech. but it's important to remember that the reason it was powerful, was because of the strategic decision by republicans to endorse the ryan plan. they didn't have to do that. and some of us have been pleading with them for a year, do not do this, do not commit this election -- do not make the selection committee restructure the welfare state. make it about obama's job's record. the republicans chose not to do that, and they set themselves up for this comeback tonight that is not just clinton's credit, that is an utterly unnecessary republican mistake. >> he obviously loved every second of it tonight. larry tweeted, i love this -- clinton loves it so much,
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because obama needed it so much. which i thought was a very, very interesting comment to make. >> absolutely. the clinton/obama relationship is a lot better off than it was four years ago. i think this is part of it, but i -- i think they have bonded on their agenda. david makes a really powerful point. i can tell you, i've been talking to president clinton the last few weeks. putting paul ryan on the budget -- on the ticket, really did energize president clinton. he was going to do his best for president obama no matter what. david is exactly right, bill clinton balanced the last budget we had, he is appalled by the ryan plan. and that is -- i think he felt a little like a mosquito in a nudist colony, anywhere you land is an opportunity in a fertile rich zone. that's going to be the agenda for the last 60 days of the agenda. >> what does this mean for the republicans going-forward, they had a little bit of a bounce after last week, you have to
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say, the double wham me of michelle obama and bill clinton giving two different powerful speeches and you still have the top dog to come, barack obama tomorrow night. if they haven't had the distractions of hurricanes and so on, it won't make much difference, it's going very, very well for the democrats. i heard some of our panel say earlier, this could be the game changing 24 hours, what do you think? >> well, i wonder about that. this is going to be a very interesting test in the next 24 hours, about what does tv do in the modern era. romney had very poor ratings for his speech and a small bounce. the question is, is that a romney story or tv story. is that a story about how people consume information, they watch it on youtube? are we so partisan and locked in that conventions don't bounce? small bounces in 2008 and 2004 both for the winners and losers. >> you have to be jubilant tonight because bill clinton came along and said, it's the best bill clinton speech i've ever heard.
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he's made some amazing speeches. can barack obama live up to what we heard tonight. is it like following sinatra at the sands in vegas. where do you go? >> well, maybe it's following sinatra if you're elvis, right? president obama is one of the great orders of our time. he is blessed that his predecessor in his party is also one of the great orders of our time. very, very different styles, though. and i have every hope and expectation. this guy -- i mean, i brought my 12-year-old son to the convention to see president clinton and president obama. he'll remember this the rest of his life. we didn't know we were going to get such a magnificent speech out of the first lady and julian castro. always outstanding. >> i thought they were brilliant. we're going to come back with sandra fluke, another woman who gave a great and different speech. [ pilot ] now when you build an aircraft,
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i want to nominate a man who's cool on the outside, but who burns for america on the inside. >> welcome back to the cnn grill, where i'm joined by three new guests. lucille richards, sandra fluke and steve israel. big, big night, i love that line from bill clinton there, barack obama is cool on the inside, but burning for america on the outside. what did you make of that? >> there's only one bill clinton and boy did we hear from him tonight. >> is that the best speech you've heard him make? >>very speech i hear him make i think is the best. and i think he topped that. bill clinton's economic priorities, the longest peace time expansion in history, 25
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million jobs, new startups, innovation, entrepreneurship, the republican policies under george bush, debt, deficit, tax cuts for the rich and middle class imploded. that's what this election is all about. >> sandra, i watched your speech with great admiration, i tweeted to that effect. i wonder what rush limbaugh was thinking watching it, probably spitting blood with indignation, i imagine, at howell gant you were. >> i could care less what rush limbaugh was thinking. >> i bet you couldn't. do you have a message for him tonight? >> no. >> stoney silence? >> that's right. >> a lot of people were tweeting as you might expect, a lot of rather unpleasant abusive stuff on the right. how do you deal with that? i was appalled by what i was reading. >> if nobody's disagreeing with you and coming after you, you're not standing up for something. in my life, i intend to stand up for things, i don't worry about it. >> after all you've been through, standing there tonight, the warmup for bill clinton, one of the great moments, how did
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you feel looking out at everyone? >> i felt a lot of gratitude. it was a passionate room and they were so supportive, i appreciated that, it was fabulous to see how fired up they are about the choice that we have this fall. because when i was talking about the policies that are on the table and what could be at risk for women in this country, the crowd really responded, because they know what kind of choice we have, between president obama and mr. romney's plans for the women of this country. >> when you realized the gop platform had absolutely no exceptions for abortion, not for rape, incest, the health of the mother, you must have felt -- i don't know how you felt, how did you feel? >> like i'm not a priority to them. that's -- i think that's what it comes down to, that women aren't a priority. >> from your perspective, how
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important has sandra been as a kind of stand and bearer for what many would view as basic decency for women's rights in america? >> oh, absolutely. and sandra tonight was outstanding as she always is. speaking to a whole other generation about the basic access to health okay. i loved the fact that she talked about, it's not only an issue for young women, but for young men as well. i couldn't agree more that this whole night tonight and last night was about whether we want to move forward as a can't or go back to the 1950s, i think the crowd tonight, you heard it over and over, folks want to move forward, not back. >> i thought the powerful thing tonight in sandra's speech was where it suits mitt romney and paul ryan, to keep the whole focus on the economy, where they think they have a straight fight, that they may win. is america better or worse off? well, depending on what you believe and statistics you read, how you spin them, it could go either way. if the debate gets extended to women's rights, gay rights, all
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the social issues. the conservatives have gotten themselves into a mess, frankly. that's got to help barack obama, doesn't it? >> it helps barack obama and house democrats. and by the way, piers, there's a connection between these vitally important women's issues, women's rights and the economy. the republican majority and house of representatives has had two years to focus on opening up new businesses. instead, they chose to spend two years focused on closing down planned parenthood. how can an economy grow, a middle class grow, how can small businesses be created when you spend every day of every week of every month thinking about shutting down planned parenthood. that is not an economic strategy. that's why i think we're going to win back the house. people have had it with those extreme priorities, they want us focused on jobs, small businesses and entrepreneurships. >> sandra, at the end of your speech, you received a huge ovation from the convention. it must have been very moving for you to receive that. where do you go now?
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you have such a high profile? people will be looking at you and thinking, you should come into politics full time? >> we'll find a district for you. >> thank you. maybe some day, but that's not what i'm focused on right now. i'm just focused on getting us to november, making sure that we re-elect the president who has stood with women over the last four years. because we've got a lot more to accomplish for women in this country. we have to get the violence against women act reauthorized. we have to get the equal pay act reauthorized. we have to get funding protected for planned parenthood. we need him for another four years. >> anderson, back to you. >> piers, thanks very much. stand by for a fact check of the numbers president clinton threw out to defend president obama's handling of the economy and his own report.
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their number one priority was not to put america back to work, it was to put the
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president out of work. well, wait a minute. senator, i hate to break it to you, but we're going to keep president obama on the job! >> that's senator mitch mcconnell the republican leader in the senate. and president clinton going directly after him, mincing no words at all. let's go to brianna keeler, she has a celebrity on the convention floor. this one with a special connection to president obama. brianna? >> that's right. i'm here with kal penn, he's a former member of the obama administration and a famous actor. you were actually written off the hit tv show "house" so you could go work in the office of public engagement, to be a liaison for young americans. that's what you're doing for the campaign.
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how does the president reignite the enthusiasm with young voters? >> he's had offices in different places, a lot of organizers have been working on stuff. i think now what we've seen, in our youth events, you have a lot of young folks that made a lot of promises to their friends, why should you register to vote? why should you care? they're seeing the fruits of that, friends are home from iraq, pell grants are doubled. and college is more affordable. the president wants a second term. >> a little bit of pressure on you, you're in charge of the live stream that goes out from the campaign, and this is key, because this is where a lot of those people, the 65,000 people that don't get to see the president now, since he's not speaking at b of a stadium, they're going to be watching you. are you feeling the pressure? >> i'm feeling the fun pressure. i think a lot of the folks that can't make it into the stadium, they're setting up house parties in addition. we have a fun program planned for them, a lot of special guests, a special hour from 8:00 to 9:00 before the speeches, and
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then a wrap-up afterwards. it should be a lot of fun. it's the first live stream ever from a convention. >> you're back into acting, you're out of the administration what about going back into the administration, would you do that? >> i love -- i'm shooting a pilot right now for cbs. i'm having a great time with my first love. i would be honored if there was a chance to serve in president obama's administration again. i'm not going to rule it out, i feel blessed that i can do two things that i love. i feel like only in america can you do something like that. >> kal penn, thank you so much. there you have it, anderson, maybe we'll see kal penn serving in a second obama term if there is one. >> thanks very much. i want to eck in with erin burnett and tom foreman for a cnn fact check on the economy now, based on some of the things president clinton said during his speech. erin? tom? >> there were lots of numbers in here, some of them accurate, some of them not. but obviously, bill clinton's administration, you know, it's
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amazing. it's not just democrats that look back at him with great fondness, it's republicans, it's republicans. they say, this guy was great, he's amazing in his ability to reinvent. a lot of people big fans of his. it touched democrats because of his economic record. they look at the job growth, good times, internet boom. that makes them remember good times. the challenge tonight is for democrats to encourage voters to see similarities with president obama. to say, look -- >> well, steering them away from the problems, obviously. >> you're like clinton. >> yeah, exactly, but not too much. and that's what they tried to do tonight. listen to some of what the president had to say. >> president obama started with a much weaker economy than i did. listen to me now. no president -- no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage
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that he found in just four year >> see, that was a key, key line in terms of context. what he's trying to say really is vote for president obama because he'll be like me, but let me explain why he didn't succeed the way i did. look at the comparison here, i think this is important. no matter how you look at this. like president obama, president clinton came into office with soaring joblessness. 7.1% for mr. clinton. that's within just a few points, a tenth of a point of what mr. obama faced. there the similarity ends. under president clinton, the rate steadily dropped down to the 5% range at the end of his first term. deep down into the 4% range by the time he left office, pretty much full employment at that point, not the case for mr. obama. in the clinton years, average wages rose about 30%, nothing like that really happened during the obama years. wages did not rise anything like that, clinton inherited a $290 billion deficit.
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changed it, to a $236 billion surplus by the time the clinton years were done. mr. obama has inherited a $459 billion deficit. yeah, that's worse, but it's even worse now. 1.3 trillion. and homeownership also rose to a record high during the clinton years. it's declined under president obama, and the mortgage crisis, although we have to be fair about that, it's still high in the mid-60% range. it's really clear when you look at those numbers, very different economic performance from these two administrations, and they're in pains now to explain this and try to make that work for them not against them. >> the other interesting thing i noticed, president clinton bringing up, president obama has an approach proposed by the bipartisan simpson-bowles commission. we've talked so much about the simpson-bowles commission. >> endlessly. >> they keep stumbling into this. it's a commission that came up
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with a plan to fix the debt problem of this country. the president did not endorse the simpson-bowles commission. everyone may notice this last week, paul ryan brought it up, and he also was on that commission. and didn't vote for simpson-bowles, both he and president obama failed at that, now they're bringing it up as if they were on board. it's another inconsistency. >> yeah, and it can be a completely fair point to say that times are different than they were under president clinton. but if they're so different, why are we talking about the similarities? it's kind of like, hard to have it both ways. >> there's some other factors in here, but we'll save this for another time. we'll send it back to you, anderson. >> thank you very much. we continue to watch this roll call vote, which is playing out. let's talk to our panelists. what are you -- we didn't get your take on what you heard from president clinton tonight. did anything surprise you? >> well, i mean, you heard michelle obama give such a powerful testimony to his heart.
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and you saw bill clinton give a powerful testimony to his head. going through, making the arguments, why he did a good job, and giving people real contact. i think for democrats, also for good americans, it was like going to school. i mean, it was like -- it was -- he was a professor in chief, helping people understand, it was a talk, it wasn't a speech. i think people were thrilled with it, my friends were just -- totally thrilled to hear also just a full throated defense of the president. no holds barred, this man did a good job. i could not have done a better job. >> what do you think president obama has to do tomorrow? >> i think he now needs to make the case for the future. i think his heart has been defended, his head has been defended. his judgment has been defended. what are you going to do okay now, what are you going to do going-forward? if he pulls that off tomorrow night, you have almost a perfect performance, at least on the main stage. the platform committee does something else. on the main stage, a perfect performance, a trifecta. and i think the republicans are going to be in trouble. >> who is he trying to reach out to tomorrow night? is it the base? is it everybody?
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is it the small group of people who are still undecided? >> i think he'll be reaching out to the people who have heard a lot -- look at their pocketbooks, look at the kitchen table, who feel bad about themselves and the country. who have heard bad things about them, i think he's going to be reaching out to them and saying, i understand your pain, here's where i'm going to take you. >> david? >> he wants the 2008 coalition to come home. >> yes. >> the young people, the women. the hispanics. people who have been disappointed. bill clinton and michelle obama have given them fresh reasons, fresh hope, fresh conviction. if they can -- it's hard to make a souffle rise twice, but it's possible in this case that they can do it. >> i think there's one thing that's changed from 2008 that's really important. we heard wonderful speeches tonight and last night. what's different is, in the last four years, people have figured out that delivering a good speech is not the same as delivering solid results.
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there is a level of cynicism, skepticism about beautiful words, that i think didn't exist four years ago. while they were great speeches and i'm quite sure obama will give a great speech, the bar is much higher now, because people are looking at all these fancy words. through the lens of what is going on in my life, and what's going on in a lot of people's lives is not very good. >> there are also those who would say that four years ago, candidate obama was relatively unknown, it was a rorschach test, people could project whatever they wanted on to him. they know him now. >> it's very different being an incumbent. you have been in charge. even the republicans can see, he did inherit a ditch. it doesn't matter, life and politics are often not fair. he's been the president for three years. the question for me is, do people give him the second chance? the american people are pretty forgiving, this was an inspirational candidate four years ago, who made a lot of promises. you can go through a list, some he has kept, others he has not.
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the big one, making washington different and better, making people's lives better, that's a giant question mark. he uses the term incomplete. is he a credible messenger tomorrow when he says trust me and believe me again? that's the question of the election. >> you know, what we saw tonight was sort of the king of second chances. you look at bill clinton, talk about comeback second chances. this is a man who was impeached by republicans in the house of representaves. he was tarnished by a sex scandal. this is a man who has come back and he tonight was such a triumph. >> he delivered results. what bill clinton did was deliver results. >> right, but what he delivered tonight was not fancy words, though, carly, it was a substantive drilling down of the last four years. >> a lot more for us to talk about. we're going to take a quick break, more on what president obama needs to do tomorrow, what he's likely to do tomorrow. at usaa, we believe honor is not
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in the end we decide to champion the cause for which our founders pledge their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor. the cause of forming a more perfect union. my fellow americans, if that is what you want, if that is what you believe, you must vote, and you must re-elect president barack obama. god bless you, and god bless america. >> a rousing speech from the former president of the united states, urging everyone to go ahead and re-elect the president. as he was speaking we got a statement in from his wife, the
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secretary of state. she was in china. secretaries of state do not attend political conventions. she did issue a statement saying this, this is the first convention i have missed in many years. on a personal level, let me say my husband read parts of his speech to me over the last few days. i received the as prepared version, i'm anxious, when i can to compare it to the as delivered version. she laughed. it's a great honor for him to be nominating the president. we have jessica yellin and candy crowley here. you spent some time with hillary clinton leading up to this speech. i'm sure she would have liked to have been here, but i'm sure she feels as secretary of state, she needs to stay away. >> and the national security team always does. a funny joke, though, because her husband did go off script a bit, especially when he made those comments about the fact that secretary clinton and president obama have been so close. it shows to the rest of the
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world that democracy is not a blood sport. that was not in the prepared remarks. >> he had a little reference to the secretary of state, saying that barack obama, he even gave her a chance. >> yes, absolutely. and all's fair in love and war and politics. in the end it's like the bushes and the reagans, and now there's the clintons and the obamas, we knew this is how it was going to end even when it was bitter during the primary season four years ago. listen, they have, over the course of the last two days, teed up president obama beautifully. and he can come in, and he can give an eloquent speech about the future, we've all heard him give eloquent speeches about the future. the business has been done by those kind of beforehand. and i think he has to be a little specific and say, how is the next four years different than this four years? but having said that, i think a lot has been said that he no longer has to say -- >> candy, one thing is very important, these conventions are
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important, but those three presidential debates you'll be moderating. one of those debates, those will be critically important as well especially for those remaining undecided or switchable voters. >> sure. and i get a lot of people saying, are there actually going to be undecided voters on october 16th? which is when the second debate is, which is the one i'm doing. and yes there are. there really are, and you want to know who these people are, folks that go into that voting booth that sometimes aren't really sure what they're going to do. and i think what we're talking about now, that very small group are gut voters. i mean, those people that just go, okay, i'm going to go with him. >> and that's the one other point i would make about the president. we all know he has to make the economic case tomorrow, he has to be specific on policy. the other point is, in 2008 he ran as this candidate of hope and change. there was an emotional connection he had with the
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voters. he lost that to such a great extent in office. he never explained his policies effectively. he seemed so cold. he does have a challenge to reconnect emotionally with the public. >> thanks so much. good work, excellent work, we'll be looking forward to seeing the presentation of your documentary, candy. thanks very much to you. as well, thanks to all of our analysts, reporters. anderson cooper thanks to you as well. i'm wolf blitzer here on the floor of the democratic convention. our coverage of the democratic national convention continues right after this. more on president clinton's big speech and other highlights. endl "like" the photos he's posting.l oscar likes tom's photos, but he loves the access to tom's personal information. oscar's an identity thief who used tom's personal info to buy new teeth and a new car, and stuck tom with the $57,000 bill. [tires squeal] now meet carl who works from the coffee shop and uses the free wi-fi. marie works from there too.
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